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A difficult pay review...?

23rd Oct 2009
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I couldn't believe it when I spoke with a client yesterday who had the difficult task of consoling a young member of the team during a meeting to discuss annual pay reviews. The case in question was that of an 18 year old girl who upon being told that she was the lucky recipient of a 10% pay increase, broke down in tears and was bitterly disappointed. I'm told that this particular girl was not a stellar performer, had only had relatively insignificant increased responsibilities, had been recently told (and she agreed) that she had a fair way to go before a promotion, and most other staff in the business were receiving around 2% increases. I was lost for words as to how an 18 year old girl could expect to have received more than she had been given, at a time when much of the country is glad to be holding onto their jobs or making ends meet. It turns out that part of the blame might be squarely on the shoulders of her father. His business has apparently taken a turn for the worse and he has been putting pressure on his daughter to earn more money to contribute to the household. Its a sad day when a daughter is encouraged to compromise a job that she openly admits that she loves, because of the needs of the father and his lack of knowledge of his childs abilities in the workplace. Chris Chapman 

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